Nov. 19, 2015 By Michael Florio
A Japanese crepe chain will soon open a branch in Astoria.
T-Swirl Crepe will open at 36-16 30th Ave. within the next two months, according to Jerry Lin, manager at the company’s headquarters.
T-Swirl Crepe has a number of shops around the country, including a shop in Texas, California and eight that are either open or coming soon in New York, including in Flushing, White Plains, Brooklyn and several in Manhattan.
The Astoria location will be the newest to join this group. Lin said Astoria stood out to the company due to the large amount of Manhattan residents moving to the neighborhood.
30th Avenue specifically appealed to them due to the large amount of foot traffic.
“There are a lot of restaurants and a lively feel to 30th Avenue,” he said. “There are a lot of young people who come to 30th Avenue.”
This location will have the same menu as their other locations. The menu is made up of both sweet crepes, such as the blueberry NY cheesecake, banana chocolate and wild berry crepes and salad crepes, such as the chicken teriyaki, shrimp avocado and smoked salmon crepe.
However, customers will be able to create their own crepe if what they want is not on the menu, Lin said.
The crepes are made from 100 percent gluten free rice flour batter. The crepes, which are hand rolled in the shop, are prepared similarly to a cone, to allow customers to eat them on the go.
“This is a new style of crepe,” Lin said.
Lin said that these Japanese style crepes vary from French crepes, which often use nutella, chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.
“We offer a much larger variety,” Lin said. “Customers will have a lot more choices.”
The shop will also offer milk shakes and coffee.
This is not the only Japanese crepe shop opening on 30th Avenue. Another one is opening on the other side of Steinway Street.
Brother Crepe, located at 42-02 30th Ave., is a Japanese crepe shop that will also offer bubble tea, smoothies, coffee and fresh juice, according to signage that recently went up.
A construction worker said the shop should be open in mid-December, but the owner did not respond to requests for comment.
More information on T-Swirl Crepe is available online here.